Platinum American Eagle Bullion Coin Sales Figures (1997-2011)

The United States Mint has not yet issued the 2011 Platinum American Eagle Bullion Coin. The Platinum Eagle was launched in 1997 following the success of the gold and silver versions that began in 1986. Like their brethren, these .9995 pure platinum coins are intended for investment purposes but coin collectors buy them as well.

The chart shows US Mint sales figures for all denominations (1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz) from 1997 to the most recent 2011 figures.

*2009 and 2010 Platinum American Eagle Bullion Coins were not produced.

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It is important to realize that the data above reflects bullion coin sales figures. They are not the collectible and higher priced proof and uncirculated versions the United States Mint sells directly to the public (although they bear the same designs).

The above chart is not in error for 2009, 2010, or 2011. While the U.S. Mint is producing high levels of bullion silver and gold bullions coins, it is yet to strike and offer any bullion platinum options. It did not in 2009 or 2010, and there has been no official update as to whether it will in 2011.

On August 12, 2010, the US Mint did release the collector 2010 Proof Platinum American Eagle. It authorized a mintage of 10,000, which sold out by August 23, 2010. The US Mint has announced that the one-ounce 2011 Proof Platinum American Eagle will be released on May 26, 2011.

The one-ounce, 99.95 percent pure platinum 2011 coin is the third of six issues in a new themed series celebrating the principles of American democracy as found in the Preamble to the United States Constitution. As such, the reverse of the coin features a new design portraying the principle "To Insure Domestic Tranquility." A final design is yet to be announced.

The six principle themes were inspired by John G. Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States. They are:

  • 2009 – To Form a More Perfect Union
  • 2010 – To Establish Justice
  • 2011 – To Insure Domestic Tranquility
  • 2012 – To Provide for the Common Defense
  • 2013 – To Promote General Welfare
  • 2014 – To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity

The obverse or heads side of the coin has remained unchanged since the American Platinum Eagles were introduced 1997. It depicts a "Portrait of Liberty," which symbolizes the vigilance and resolute faithfulness to duty. The obverse was both designed and sculpted by John Mercanti.